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Do girls / women live up to their names?

Asked by elbanditoroso (30582points) January 11th, 2019

For instance, if a girl is named Chastity, does she in fact remain a virgin longer than a girl with another name?

If a girl is named Prudence, is she really more cautious and thoughtful and wise?

Are girls named Faith really believers?

Has there every been research about whether women live up to their names?

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LadyMarissa's avatar

I don’t think so!!! Names are usually what the PARENTS hope for their child & then the child gives them a dose of reality!!!

Cher named her daughter Chastity & I have NO way of knowing when she lost her virginity. Now that she’s had her sex change, his name is Chaz & I still don’t know when he lost his virginity!!!

It has been my experience that males/men do fair much better.

kritiper's avatar

NO! Give them time enough and they’ll all be the same.

Unofficial_Member's avatar

It’s a possibility. There’s nothing stopping them from adopting self-inflicted placebo. Someone named “Precious” can think that she’s indeed, precious. Someone named “Grace” can think of herself as more graceful than most other women. It’s all in the head, and what matter is what they think of themselves.

cookieman's avatar

No, but my wife had a coworker who named her three daughters Queen, Amazing, and Lovely.

Seems a lot to live up to.

My friend Cory named his daughter Orange and Ocean. Interesting names for sure, but I’m not sure how they could be aspirational.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, do guys live up to their names? Dick? Rich? Rob? I had a kid in a classroom a couple of weeks ago named “Arson.” Seriously.

I planned on naming my middle daughter Jackie. However, the day she was born Mom came to the hospital and pressured me in to naming her some version of Cornelia, since that was a popular name on her side of the family. My mom’s name was Cornelia, she had a brother named Cornelius, uncles and so on.
Well, I sure as hell wasn’t going to name her Cornelia! So I settled on Corrie. I wish I’d named her something more like “Coral,” or something though.

Well, having said that, I think maybe people react to the names in certain ways and that may have some small impact.

Demosthenes's avatar

I’m naming my daughter Prudence Chastity Temperance Sexnever.

ragingloli's avatar

You could have named her “Cornholia”.

longgone's avatar

Well, my name means “the kind or sweet one”. So I would say yes.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I realize this is a joke question. I’ll run it past my own daughter, Billionaire Bmanly.

LuckyGuy's avatar

In Freakonomics, I recall reading about a study in California from census data that looked at how childrens’ names affected their life outcome. (Someone can find it.)
It turns out that made up, “ethnic” names like Uni’qua, Tysh’n, etc. (and the 158 different ways they’re spelled) did have an effect! The most statistically significant factor indicated that the mother of the child was Black, teenage, and unwed. She had significantly lower education level, higher poverty rates, poorer health outcomes than the population average. Unfortunately, those handicaps are likely handed down to the child. On average a Tyshandra will have to work harder than a Brittney to reach the same level of success because odds are she did not start with the benefits Brittney was given.

Here’s a quick reference. I hope I got it in under the editing window. .

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s coming into the rest of the world now, too. White kids are being given names that are spelled so wrong, like Dialen (pronounced Dylan) or Ashylan (Ashlyn.) It must get so frustrating for the kids to have to keep correcting people who are trying to say their names. And it’s not just one or two kids in the class room. About half of them have what I consider wonky names with wonky spellings.

A few weeks ago I actually had a kid named Arson in the room. Arson.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’ve always believed that parents who saddle their kids with names like Bumblebee or Sizzlean should be held to account. I can’t remember the names of any of my little brother’s grade school classmates with the exception of Easterbunny Maxwell. Even at 10 I would wince at the thoughts of her future.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@stanleybmanly – bet she was born in early April.

Dutchess_III's avatar

In high school I knew a girl named Candy. That was her real name. I always thought it was kind of a stripper name, and wondered why her parents would do that.

When I was working at the jail there was a counselor with the DOC who came into our room often. Her name is Electra. Neat lady. At one point a couple of my students were trying to remember her name….“It’s that stripper name!” they said! I had to laugh while rolling my eyes at the same time.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I went to school with “Candy Cane” & she hated her parents for obvious reasons

A friend & her husband named their first born son “Jeremiah Weed”. Jeremiah Weed was dad’s favorite booze. They decided Jeremiah was too big a name for that tiny little baby so they shortened it to Jeremy when they called him by name. The birth certificate still shows Jeremiah Weed as his given name.

Pinguidchance's avatar

Nominative determinism is not necessarily largely titular ( in name only ).

Dutchess_III's avatar

To name a kid after a favorite drug though, can be a precarious of the kid to come, not because of the name, but because of the mentality that would name their kid that.

A great number of people shorten their names @LadyMarissa. Rick does, I do. 2 of my 3 kids do.
I dated a guy named Jeremiah for a long time. But he was known as Jerry.

Harper1234's avatar

My father had a secretary named Bunny Loving….
No one forgot her name.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@Dutchess_III I understand the concept of a nickname or abbreviated version of a name!!! My friend Jeremiah asks everybody to call him Miah because he doesn’t care for Jerry. IF I was going to saddle my child with a name like Jeremiah Weed, I wouldn’t call him a completely different name like Jeremy. IF I was going to call him Jeremy, I’d find a middle name that goes with Jeremy & NOT give him a God awful name that the kids can torment him with!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Actually Jeremy is the “English vernacular form of Jeremiah (the Lord loosens, God will uplift), which dates to the 13th century. Var: Jeramy, Jeromy. Short: Jerr. Pet: Jerry.”
One source.

I have an online friend named Jeremy. That may be his given name, but I’ll ask him if it’s short or Jeremiah.

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